Freebee comes in with scrapes from the field, I think since I've been helping out with him he's had 5 or so cuts on his legs, nothing major and no reason for them to happen- no barbed wire, rugs fit fine, gets on with his fieldmate.
Tonight he came in with another gash much higher up his leg, about the height of his hock, on the side of the leg. It's semi circular in shape, about the size of a 10p piece cut in half. It was bleeding quite a bit, had a bit of heat in it but he wasn't lame at all.
Cold hosed it, put aluminium spray on, the yard owners daughter had a quick look and we both agreed it wasn't deep, just a really funny place to get it, and a funny shape.
Could a cut so small and semi circular in shape be from a kick? His new fieldmate is very dominant out in the field and I've seen Freebs gets kicked a couple of times but he's been keeping his distance in the past few days. I'm thinking it could maybe be a bite? Have racked my brains... it's definitely not anything to do with the field, fencing is fine.
I would say a bite. The filly I had last year was bitten on her hock by my other pony. It was semi-circular, but not that deep. It did get infected though and had to be poulticed, so keep an eye on the wound to check for infection.
Update- went up this morning and he was slightly lame/stiff on his off hind Had another look at the cut and both his owner and I think it's a bite from his field buddy, so they have been separated by electric fence in the field now. It's more of a puncture than a graze/cut. Keeping a close eye on it, because of where it is (near the hock) we don't want it to get infected.